Everyone's Favorite Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing


This recipe quickly becomes the favorite of pretty much everyone that tries it. It's so tasty, it's easy to make, and the ingredients are interchangeable! You can use the dressing immediately or make it in advance and store in refrigerator up to a couple of days. I have substituted pears and mandarin oranges for the strawberries and feta instead of blue cheese. Be creative! YUM!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • ¼ cup white vinegar

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

  • 2 teaspoons finely minced onion

  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon paprika

  • 1 (10 ounce) bag baby spinach

  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries, or as needed

  • 1 (4 ounce) package crumbled blue cheese, or as needed

  • ½ cup roasted pecan halves, or as needed


  1. Whisk vinegar, vegetable oil, sugar, poppy seeds, onion, Worcestershire sauce, and paprika together in a bowl until sugar is completely dissolved.

  2. Layer spinach, strawberries, blue cheese, and pecans in individual bowls; drizzle dressing generously over each salad.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

542 Calories
47g Fat
26g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 542
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 47g 60%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 458mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 45mg 225%
Calcium 268mg 21%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 615mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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